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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, August 12, 2007

Public says a big mahalo on HPD's 75th birthday

Advertiser Staff

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Seven-year-old Keoni Vadset operates the controls of a bomb disposal robot with a little help from his dad, Officer James Vadset of the Honolulu Police Department.

Photos by JOAQUIN SIOPACK | The Honolulu Advertiser

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Ann and Kelly Yamashita and their 1-year-old son, Gene, check out the back seat of HPD's Police 2 helicopter, while 2-year-old Yuta Hamaoka and his mom, Chisato, explore the front seat. Police 2 is one of two helicopters operated by the Honolulu Police Department.

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Louie the dog demonstrates how suspects might be apprehended. Louie's partner is canine handler Officer Clerie Silva, left. In the red protective suit is Officer Paul Vargas.

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Charity Lopes, 8, pets Annie, a bloodhound working for the Police Department. Annie's partner is canine handler Officer John Hall.

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Raymie Iwamoto peers through the scope of a sniper rifle at a display of equipment used by HPD's Specialized Services Division.

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Let's hear it for 75 years for the Honolulu Police Department.

It's a long time to walk beats in the rain and the heat, or help lost kids find their moms, or stand guard while school kids lug their backpacks and satchels across busy streets to school.

Not to mention chasing dope dealers down alleys, or firmly telling those inclined to start trouble to move it along.

Then there are the bank heists, bunko artists, purse snatchers, strong-arm robbers, drunken drivers, ugly domestic disturbances and a thousand other woes many of them much more sad and serious that attest to the unfortunate aspects of human relations.

But that's what our Honolulu officers face day after day for us.

HPD celebrated its 75th anniversary yesterday with the Diamond Jubilee Community Fair at Frank F. Fasi Civic Center Grounds. An enthusiastic public turned out to help mark the special day.